Get a sneak peek of the art featured on new DART shelters
Visitors to Moberg Gallery recently got a preview of the the latest public art project coming to The Avenues. In August, artist Karen Strohbeen exhibited her latest collection and shared her experience creating art for four of eight bus shelters that will soon be installed along Ingersoll Avenue.
The shelters are part of an effort by DART to “enhance the experience of riding DART, enliven streetscapes and support regional connectivity by serving as visual landmarks and moments of creative inspiration while reinforcing a positive image of public transportation.” Similar shelters can be seen on University Avenue and the Sixth Avenue Corridor.
DART works with neighborhood groups to select artists for the shelters. Following a public engagement process earlier this year, The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand selected concepts from local artists Strohbeen and Mary Jones to be featured on a total of eight shelters between the 2100-2900 blocks of Ingersoll Avenue.
The shelters are currently being fabricated and will be installed in phases in coordination with the Ingersoll streetscape project. A public unveiling will be announced at a later date. To see more from the exhibit, visit moberggallery.com.
The DART art shelter program is made possible by the support of the DART Board of Commissioners as well as key partners and investors including the Federal Transit Administration, the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Des Moines, in coordination with DART member communities and neighborhood stakeholders. The integration of public art into DART shelters is made possible by the collaboration of local project partners, the generous regional investment of Bravo Greater Des Moines and support of the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.
PHOTO COURTESY: Moberg Gallery, DART